b. 23 October 1921, Minter City, Mississippi, USA, d. 24 August 1985, Pontiac, Michigan, USA. Vocally and for his repertoire, L.C. Greene, whose records were issued without the final ‘e’ to his name, was indebted to John Lee ‘Sonny Boy’ Williamson. His amplified guitar playing is clearly Mississippi Delta-derived, but probably owes something to the popularity of fellow Detroit blues singer John Lee Hooker. Greene recorded in the early 50s (often with his cousin Walter Mitchell on harmonica) for Joe Von Battle’s shoestring operation, which leased a few sides to Dot Records, but he never matched the fortunes of Hooker, whom he equalled in guitar talent and power, although not in songwriting ability.
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